Scott and Belinda Austin in front of the Cellar Door site

A note from Scott and Belle

The business has taken some strides in the last 18 months and it is so exciting to see some positive results from years of hard work. We have seen great growth for our 6Ft6 brand and we expect the next 12 months will be similar with the impending opening of our cellar door. We have been blown away by your support in signing up to a wine club, to trust us to send you wine regularly is the greatest compliment. You might notice that Scott appears on the cover of the Wineries Victoria magazine we included in your order this month, so we hope you place that on your coffee table (ha!) It is actually a fantastic read of wineries we are all itching to visit when restrictions ease. The cellar door is on track for a 2021 opening, particularly with the appointment of a new staff member, Tim. Tim has just started with us and brings with him extensive hospitality experience and will be in charge of the operations of the cellar door, so watch this space!

We hope you enjoy the wines in your shipment this month, always open to feedback (and compliments) and if you would like to email us personally, please email [email protected]

We hope to see you soon.

Scott & Belle

Winery update from Dwayne

 Winter is the time for barrel maturation, blending and bottling of our the 2021 wines.

 

What’s happening with the white wine:

Individual barrel selection for our Austins & 6F6 Chardonnay is underway; selecting aromatic, elegant barrels that have lovely stone fruits that are true to style for 6F6, whilst choosing the richer, complex, buttery and structured Chardonnay barrels for Austins (to be bottled later in the year, needs some more time in Oak!). The 6F6 Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc will be bottled in September, with a release date of Spring. The perfect time for when the weather heats up to enjoy a crisp cold white wine!

 What’s happening with the red wine:

Bottling of the 2021 6F6 Pinot Noir is complete, after 6 months of barrel maturation. We couldn’t be more excited with the this lovely bright and fresh Pinot. It has plenty of cherries and raspberries complimented by a hint of spice and texture from Oak. The final result is a t crowd pleasing Pinot that all 6F6 drinkers will enjoy over the next 12 months.
 
The 2021 Austins Pinot and Shiraz will continue to mature in oak, to gain more structure and complexity. I’ve been keeping all barrels topped up and safe. I’m waiting for the flavours to blend harmoniously between fruit and oak. The optimal barrel time for the Austin’s Pinot Noir is around 10 months and 12-15 months for Austins Shiraz.

What’s happening in the vineyard:

 
The sheep have done a fantastic job of mowing our vineyard. They have kept the grasses very low, whilst naturally fertilising the soil. Budburst is close so we will now, we will move the sheep out of the vineyard and into another paddock before they start chomping on the vines!
 
Our pruning is complete, we have just finished the last row of Pinot Noir this week in time for budburst and the growing season to begin!
One of the more trickier pruning jobs included training the baby chardonnay vines at the cellar door. These vines should produce a small amount of Chardonnay in 2022, but will be established and growing some fantastic fruit from 2023.
 
We have spread natural lime and gypsum on selected vines, to improve soil health which will produce quality, consistent fruit.
 
Hoping for some nice spring rainfall to allow the soils to take in these goodies ahead of the growing season.
Dwayne (DMAC)

Guest Moorabool Valley Producers

MAZZINI WINES

Each quarter we have a guest wine and food producer in the Tastes of the Moorabool Valley Wine Club. This month our wine producer is Mazinni Wines.

Mazzini Wines was born of a love of Geelong for Geelong, celebrating its unique landscape and wine history.

Drawing from the historical model of the French négociant, each of the Mazzini wines are sourced from vineyards in the Geelong wine region.

The small batch production of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Shiraz result in wines that truly reflect their terroir.

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STICKY BALSAMIC

Sticky Balsamic hand-crafts Australia’s most awarded balsamic vinegar varieties, proudly hand-crafted in the Golden Plains shire in regional Victoria.

With humble beginnings only six years ago, our regional, family owned business independently created five varieties, which has now grown to include twelve varieties.

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